One Year after Hurricane Sandy: The Recovery

October 29th, 2013 marked the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Dozens of states were impacted by the heavy rain, strong winds and record storm surges of the hurricane, particularly on the East Coast. The storm created extensive damage and it wound up costing states and local and federal agencies billions of dollars. 

To date, FEMA and other agencies are working on rebuilding communities, and many insurance companies are still processing claims and mitigations.  Another important step in the recovery process is the attempt to mitigate the damage of future natural disasters. FEMA has released a fact sheet discussing their recovery efforts over the past year. 

The Red Cross has also been working on recovery efforts and has released their one year update titled “Superstorm Sandy: One-Year Update“.  This document discusses the Red Cross’ response to Hurricane Sandy, and analyzes the success of their recovery efforts.  It also includes information on their expenditures over the past year.

Another aspect of recovery that is often overlooked is the impact of the storm on small businesses and local communities.  The Obama Administration worked with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to provide grants to businesses impacted by the hurricane. Other grants were also given out for transportation, community development, employment training, food supplies, and many others.

National Park services on the East Coast also felt the impact of Hurricane Sandy. The Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island both experienced severe damage to the basic infrastructure including electricity, water, and phone lines. The National Park Service released a fact sheet in June discussing their recovery efforts.

The HSDL has collected a wide variety of documents related to the impact of Hurricane Sandy and the relief efforts.

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